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Top 12 green IT products

Our survey of nearly 100 enterprises reveals the most popular ways to cut energy costs, promote efficiency and embrace 'green' practices and policies

  • Performance-per-watt is the new metric when it comes to buying servers
  • VMware is runaway favourite
  • Always-on servers aren't always a good idea
  • Servers aren't the only physical devices in the data centre than can benefit from green technologies
  • Automated tools can save companies big bucks
  • Flat-screen monitors
  • Sure-fire energy saver blocks hot air from moving back into front of server rack
  • This is your data centre on CRAC
  • Real-time monitoring is the key to an efficient data centre
  • Telepresence, video collaboration and videoconferencing save on travel costs
  • E-waste and IT asset recycling policies are a challenge
  • Saving trees moves beyond just efficient printing
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Flat-screen monitors

Those old CRT monitors may be paid for, but they're costing you a bundle in electricity. If all monitors sold in the U.S. met Energy Star requirements, energy savings would hit around $1 billion and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from nearly 1.5 million vehicles. Plus, the new flat-screen models look cool and they take up less real estate on your desk.

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